Mariam Sanni, Abuja
The Universal Basic Education Commission, (UBEC) has said that 100 per cent of basic education teachers should possess the Nigeria Certificate in Education (NCE) and 100 per cent of basic education schools should be equipped with conducive teaching and learning environment.
The was according to the Executive Secretary of UBEC, Dr Hamid Bobboyi during a stakeholders round table in Lagos organised by Oando Foundation.
He said the most worrisome issue was the out-of-school children phenomenon.
He lamented that in the North-East and the North-West, 58% and 51% of their children respectively never attended school or attend only quranic schools.
Bobboyi who described the trend as a challenge, pointed out that the Almajiri, migrant communities, the girl-child predicament, Boko Haram and killer herdsmen helped to increase the figure of out-of-school children.
He lamented the learning crisis in the North-West and North-East where pupils would be in school but little learning is taking place.
Bobboyi said in many schools across the country, there’s a dearth of qualified teachers adding that in many states, teaching is seen as a last resort while political thuggery and pre-service training without teaching practice and service without mentorship is rife.
He noted that lack of quality education, especially at basic education level affects the quality of services and products of the private sector adding that poor quality education also affects internal organizational stability of firms and retards their progress.
His words:” the most worrisome issue is the out-of-school children phenomenon as the figures range from 8.7m to 13.5m pupils, the highest in the world.”
“100 per cent of basic education teachers should possess the Nigeria Certificate in Education (NCE) and 100 per cent of basic education schools should be equipped with conducive teaching and learning environment.”
Mrs Adekanla Adegoke while speaking for the Oando Foundation shared her experience and explained what led to the Foundation’s round table with top UBEC staff and other stakeholders.
After observing many lapses in basic education in the course of going round schools in the states
She said: “The roundtable with UBEC would improve access to basic education and enhance quality across the country adding that “the overall objective of the round table is to create a network of private sector leaders within the basic education space on method and techniques for supporting basic education through partnership with the UBEC in Nigeria.” This network, she added “would serve as a platform for further engagement of UBEC and private sector players”.